If not already cut, remove the tips of chicken wings and split at the joint. Pat dry with paper towels and trim off any excess loose fat using kitchen shears.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, minced ginger, garlic, lime juice, salt and all the dry spices to make the marinade.
Add the wings and toss till well coated. Refrigerate 1 to 4 hours (longer the better).
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the wings, skin side up. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 425°F for 30 minutes.Remove from the oven and brush the wings lightly with oil. Switch the oven to 'Broil'. Broil them in the oven, 1-2 minutes on each side, until the skin is crisp and slightly blistered.
Air fryer Instructions
Preheat the air fryer for 2 minutes at 375°F. Place the chicken wings in a single layer. Cook for 22 to 25 minutes, removing the basket and shaking it twice in between, about every 8 minutes. Now increase the heat to 400°F and cook for 2 to 4 minutes, until the skin is crispy and golden brown. Note: cooking time may vary with different air fryers
To make a big batch of these chicken wings, I recommend using the oven. For just the four of us in my family, I prefer the air fryer. It does take two batches to go through a pound of chicken wings, but they turn out so crispy that it's worth the extra step.
Pat dry the chicken wings to enable even marination and cooking.
For a milder spice level, cut garam masala and chili powder in half.
Since the wings have skin on, marinate them for a minimum of 1 hour for the flavors to seep in.
For an extra flavor boost, brush the leftover marinade (if any) over the chicken wings before cooking.
Fenugreek leaves are optional, but highly recommended as they add an earthy and floral aroma and flavor to the marinade.
Adding besan (chickpea flour) soaks up the excess moisture and enables in even crisping of wings. If unavailable, use corn flour or rice flour.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates and are based on 4 chicken wings per serving. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.